26 May

Being a Self-Differentiated Leader | Carrie Louer

Two years ago at this time, I was smack in the middle of working on my final project for a master’s degree. The topic: Raising Up Leaders in the Millennial Generation for the Shalom (holistic well-being) of the City. Can we not say there is a vacuum of strong leaders in our culture? I believe what I wrote two years ago more than ever. Here’s an excerpt:...

13 May

A life in community (asking for help) | Josh Irby

This week's blog post comes from guest writer Josh Irby. Josh lives in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina with his wife and four children. For the past 15 years he has worked with university students, helping them tell better stories with their lives. -- Have you ever felt frozen—unable to move forward? You know your mission. You have a goal. You even know the root cause of your...

05 May

Waiting for Perfection In Community | Daniel Du

It is such a noticeable improvement to have warmer weather in recent weeks. We've faced a very harsh winter here in New York, and that harshness reminds me in a very tangible way the efforts of the enemy to separate, isolate, and discourage. I’ve seen the cold these last few months make people choose to stay locked away indoors. I’ve noticed heightened barriers to community...

28 Apr

Prayer is Active Mission | Eric Gravelle

Prayer is as essential to the Christian faith as much as breathing is to the human body.  But prayer does not come naturally for a lot of us.  For many, our prayer lives are inconsistent.  God knows this and often brings various circumstances into our lives that drive us to Him.  Over the past few days, I've personally experienced this.  I've been driven to my...

21 Apr

Planting the Seeds | Suzy Silk

My husband and I are now approaching the four year mark in our apartment. NYC is a very transient city, with ever fluctuating rents, so this is the longest I've ever lived in one place in NYC. This week God once again showed me the value of living in the same place, among the same neighbors for a long period of time. In the Bible,...

16 Apr

Sweetness in the Struggle | Adrienne Minor

Two months ago, I joined a gym. It’s been awhile since I’ve been a member at a gym, so I’m getting reacquainted with gym culture. One of the things I really like is the prevailing sense that we’re all working towards something. We’re showing up and working hard because we want to be healthier and stronger. Furthering this spirit of determination is a variety of...

06 Apr

The Great Yes | Carrie Walker Louer

Nicholas Kristof is an op-ed columnist for the NY Times. I am a big fan. I don’t always agree with him, but he always makes me think. Nicholas gives a voice for the voiceless and does so with compassion and excellence.   Recently Kristof penned an article about the increasing cultural unpopularity of being an evangelical Christian. Even I, as one employed by one of...

31 Mar

More than a Familiar Easter | David Robbins

I am pretty sure God never meant for Holy Week to bring pressure and guilt. I know in my head that Jesus came to free us from our guilt … That Jesus came to release the oppressed. But somehow, as I enter this Easter week, I feel like I’m not measuring up and not prepared to enjoy the majesty of Easter. I feel like I’ve...

24 Mar

New Season, New Self | Jessica Gravelle

Spring is finally here!  After such a long winter, I'm excited for this new season.  We will no longer be confined indoors but can truly enjoy all that the city has to offer. And as we transition to Spring, we also begin to transition and change our wardrobes. We joyfully put away our puffy coats, snow boots and all our heavy winter gear in exchange...

16 Mar

Preparing for Revival | Kelsey Karys

Today’s guest blog comes from Kelsey Karys, a second year intern with Cru campus ministry in Boston, working mainly at MIT. This year she will be trailblazing a new internship in the northeast called Freedom58, a partnership between Cru and International Justice Mission, to bring Biblical Justice into Christian conversation at universities. -- The walk from MIT to Park Street Church, a beautiful old Boston...

10 Mar

When God Walks Us Into Deeper Suffering | Meg Robbins

Over the past several months, I have wrestled deeply in my heart with the problem of pain and suffering. It’s always been a challenge for me…I’ve struggled to understand God’s character as I’ve processed things both in history, such as the atrocities of the Holocaust, and every day tragedies, like human trafficking and slavery that still affects millions around the world. But sometimes seeing these things...

02 Feb

Grace for Today | Lauren Schroeder

Last week, a mix of excitement and dread came over me as I read the weather report about the impending snowstorm. My adventurous side smiled like a five-year-old and said, “Two feet of snow? Wheee!” while my inner dooms-dayer gritted her teeth and muttered “Grocery store. Trample strangers. Secure food at all costs”. This should come as no surprise to my friends who’ve witnessed me...

26 Jan

4 Ways to Thrive in 2015 | Suzy Silk

As I began 2015, my prayer to the Lord was that this year my husband and I would learn to thrive as a family in the midst of the highs and lows of life. As I've asked the Lord to let us thrive this year, He's been reminding me of some good truths I need to implement if I want to partner with Him in...

19 Jan

Are We Givers or Takers of The City? | David Robbins

Her eyes were locked out the airplane window taking it all in. Flying out of LaGuardia and getting panoramic views of Manhattan is breath-taking, but I was a little confused about why this 26 year old advertising agency account executive had gone from extra talkative to silent. Then I caught a glimpse of a tear running down her cheek … That she wiped away quickly. ...

13 Jan

Comparison is the thief of joy | Adrienne Minor

Over the past few weeks, a post has appeared repeatedly in my Facebook newsfeed. It has usually gone something like this, “It was a great year. Thanks for being part of it.” And then a montage of photos from the person’s year has followed. Have you seen it? I've heard it said that our Facebook and Instagram culture creates an unrealistic view of people's lives...

06 Jan

2015: Be Who You Actually Are | Bekah Stewart

Starting a new year can be such a gift. Making new resolutions creates a fresh opportunity to dream and hope for all that this next year will be. We all know how important setting goals and creating vision are to actually see a preferred future realized. As one year ends, we might be feeling some regret or desire for things to be different. It can...